Buchloe dactyloides      
Buffalo grass    
Gramineae Family     

Compiled by the Master Gardeners
of the University of Arizona Pima County Cooperative Extension.


Form: grass; thick mat ; srpeads by runners or stalons
Seasonality: warm-season
Size: male stems 4-6in; female shorter
Leaves: tan in winter; gray-green otherwise
Flowers: small tassels; mail and female flowers on separate plants
Fruit: n/a
Stems/Trunks: n/a
Range/Origin: norther Great Plains south into Mexico; 5500ft in Arizona
Hardiness: goes dormant after first few frosts



research by Master Gardener Pat Perry


disease free with few insect problems
excellent variety "Prairie" available in sod form
seeding rate: 1/2 to 2 lbs per 1000 sq ft

Do not confuse with Buffel Grass (Cenchrus ciliaris).
Buffel is an agressive non-native which can be invasive and destructive local species.

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